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Villages in Granada


Villages in Granada

Capileira, Barranco de Poqueira

Capileira is located in one of the most exceptional open space in Granada: the Barranco de Poqueira. This place, classed like a historic-artistic set, is located in the south slope of Sierra Nevada and is part of the Natural Park. It is at the foot of the summit Veleta, and that fits in its hillsides the villages Capileira, Bubión and Pampaneira. Capileira has splendid spots, with lush vegetation and exceptional sights. From the rails of the Mirador, over the gully, it can be observed the neighbouring villages, Sierra Nevada, and in sunny days, some African top and the Mediterranean sea. The Eras de Aldeire or the refuge which is at a height of 2.500 metres are other of the touristic charms of Capileira, an ideal village from which you can go on trips, with the proper cautions, to the peaks of the Mulhacén and the Veleta..

Its name comes from the Latin term capitellaria, derives from capitellum, which means tops. The fact that, after the expulsion of the Moorish, Felipe II will order repopulate its district with people who came from Galicia has supposed that the name Capileira could be due to the new settlers of Galicia, however during the Arab control there were these names with its present denomination, because they are pre-Islamic endings (Ibn Almuedzín wrote his Crónica de Pocaira in the XIII century and Ibn Aljatib in the XIV century collect names ended is eira, even they are mentioned in the Capitulaciones between Boabdil and the Catholic Monarchs).

Capileira Monuments

Parish Church of Santa María la Mayor (1760).
Ethnological museum Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (founded in 1972). Popular customs from Alpujarra.

Gastronomy Of Capileira

Sausages (ham, hard pork sausage, blood sausage, salami-type sausage). Cheese of Capileira
fried breadcrumbs. Kid with cabañil garlic (crushed garlic with vinegar). Oatmeal porridges. Stew of chestnuts.
fried sliced potatoes. Remojón (typical salad made with oranges and cod).

Sweets: Leche frita (milk thickened with flour, coated with egg and fried). Torta de lata (oil sponge). Tortilla de dulce (bread, egg, milk and sugar). Homemade bread.

How to get there

You have to exit Granada. In the roundabout you have to take the exit 4 and continue in E-902 / A-44 towards: Armilla – Motril. Take the exit towards Exit 164 – Béznar – A-348 – Lanjarón – La Alpujarra. In the roundabout take the exit 1 and continue in the Motorway A-348 towards: A-348 – Lanjarón. Alleyways of Lanjarón and Órgiva. Continue through the Motorway A-4132 and cross Pampaneira. Continue through the Motorway A-4132 and turn left in GR-441. Alleyway of Bubión and you have get Capileira.


Granada 71 km
Lanjarón 28 km
Órgiva 20 km
Béznar 37 km
Bubión 1,8 km
Pampaneira 5,5 km
Carataunas 14 km
Soportújar 13 km
Bayacas 16 km
Pitres 9 km



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